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Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.

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IGC 2014 Plenary agenda has been published, updated

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The agenda and annexes for the March 7-8 2014 Plenary meeting of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) in Varese, Italy, has been published in the Documents section. Updated February 10, 2014.        


FAI names Susanne Schödel as new Secretary General

Susanne SchoedelThe FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.

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Final list of venues for 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

6th-FAI-sgp-seriesThe period for acceptance of bids to hold a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix expired on the 31st of December 2013. The last qualifying event to be approved is in the Czech Republic at Frydland which will be held in May 2015 in the Club class.

The list of qualifying events is now complete and can be found at http://www.sgp.aero/

All FAI Sailplance Grand Prix news can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014

4-events-breitling-2014 ptThe FAI and Breitling are pleased to announce the FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014.

This year the focus is on a smaller number of events and an increased emphasis on supporting the events and creating a great image of these events which will benefit the events themselves, the FAI and Breitling.

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Sporting Code Section 3 - Updates for 2013

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Section 3 (Gliding) of the Sporting Code has been published for 2013.

The effective date of the main section is 1 October 2013.

Section 3 (main section) Publication History
18.09.2013      Original publication
25.09.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.5.8d deleted
12.11.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.4 modified
06.12.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.5.6c modified

 

The effective date of Annex A is 5 December 2013

Annex A Publication History
05.12.2013      Original publication

 

The effective date of Annex C is 1 October 2013

Annex C Publication History
07.12.2013      Original publication

 

Here are links to the current versions of Section 3 and its annexes:

 
Sporting Code Section 3 - Edition 2013  (402.50 kB)06 December 2013
Annex A  (326.27 kB)06 December 2013
Annex B  (216.45 kB)02 October 2012
Annex C  (1.16 MB)07 December 2013
Annex D  (114.19 kB)06 September 2011
Sailplane Grand Prix Rules - Version 5  (103.56 kB)22 February 2012

Proceedings from the 2nd EGU Workshop on Club Development

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In addition to its excellent work in government relations, the European Gliding Union (EGU) engages in analysis and outreach on a variety of gliding topics.

At this year's Workshop on Club Development, authors Alison Randle, Arne Wangsholm, Claus Nedergaard Jacobsen, and Robert Danewid presented their analyses and views regarding the challenges gliding clubs face in attracting, serving, and keeping members.

Their conclusions make interesting reading for glider pilots everywhere, not just in Europe!

The Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Club Development have been published.

6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) is pleased to announce the venues for the 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix (SGP) series. The seven venues for the Qualifying Grand Prix events, which will be held in 2014 and 2015, are :

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Zar event completes 5th Grand Prix series

FAI SGP Zar 2013The 5th Sailplane Grand Prix series was completed in July this year with the successful event at Zar in Poland, all the results and news of the events can be seen on the new Sailplane Grand Prix web site at www.sgp.aero.

The new SGP web site has been developed during the last SGP series and all future events can be found on this site. The SGP team is now turning its full attention to the 5th SGP final to be held at Sisteron in France in May 2014 a full list of the qualifying pilots can be found on the SGP web site.

The FAI Sailplane Grand Prix qualifying competitions for the 6th FAI SGP series will be held between the 1st of June 2014 and the 31st of May 2015and the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix final will be held in the latter half of 2015.

Clubs, host cities or regions interested in holding a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix and requiring more information should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the bid forms and conditions.

Applications to host an event for the 6th series should be submitted to the IGC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 31st of October 2014.

FAI Secretary General Badan to step down from his position - Search for his replacement underway

Jean-Marc_BadanThe FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Helen Georgeson

In April, pioneering woman pilot Helen Georgeson passed away. A successful pilot, both in partnership with her ex-husband Dick and in her own right, she was an inspiration to friends, family and women pilots who came after her. Her nephew Nigel Ackroyd has put some words together in memory of an extraordinary woman.

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